US Coast Guard opens ports as Tropical Storm Bertha moves north

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Cruise ship docked at the port in San Juan, Puerto Rico (File photo)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sunday August 3, 2014, CMC – The United States Coast Guard opened the ports and set Port Condition Four in the US Virgin Islands and the northern coast of Puerto Rico on Saturday following the passing of Tropical Storm Bertha.

During Port Condition Four, the ports may resume normal operations, including waterfront facility and vessel transits, subject to prudent seamanship and safe working practices.

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The eastern and southern ports of Puerto Rico including Yabucoa, Guayama, Salinas/Aguirre, Ponce, Tallaboa, Guanica, Guayanilla and Mayaguez will remain closed until the completion of Coast Guard port assessments and final determination from the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, a Coast Guard statement said.

The Coast Guard said port assessment teams continue to monitor the weather and “stand ready to conduct port assessments in the eastern and southern ports of Puerto Rico as soon as the weather permits.”


Tropical Storm Bertha swirled through the eastern Caribbean on Friday as it unleashed heavy rains and strong winds in the region.

Tropical storm warnings were issued for Dominica, Martinique, the US and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.